Amritsar, October 28: Pakistan has decided to send an invitation to Navjot Singh Sidhu for Kartarpur Corridor opening ceremony which is scheduled to take place on November 9, three days ahead of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Party told news agency ANI that Senator Faisal Javed Khan had a telephonic conversation with Sidhu on the direction of the Pakistan PM Khan and invited him to the ceremony. However, there is no confirmation from Sidhu whether he will attend the event or not. Kartarpur Corridor: Devotees Need to Apply For Permit 30 Days in Advance, Says Report.
Earlier this month, Pakistan had also invited former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the ceremony. According to reports, Singh has agreed to attend the event but not a chief guest but as an "ordinary man." Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the corridor- which connects Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab's Gurdaspur to Darbar Sahib Gurudwara in Pakistan- on November 8. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who was also invited to Pakistan, ruled out his presence. Kartarpur Corridor Online Registration to Begin From October 20: How to Apply? Documents Required, Pilgrimage Fee & Other Details.
Meanwhile, India on Tuesday shared a list of 575 pilgrims scheduled to attend the inaugural "jatha" to Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib through Kartarpur corridor in Pakistan. The list includes names of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Union Ministers Hardeep Puri and Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh along with several MPs and MLAs. Notably Sidhu is not part of the Centre's list. Kartarpur Corridor Opening on November 9: 'Manmohan Singh to Visit as Common Man.
India had on October 24, signed an agreement with Pakistan on the modalities for operationalising Kartarpur Sahib corridor. Kartarpur Sahib is located in Pakistan’s Narowal district across the Ravi River, about six kilometres from the Dera Baba Nanak in India.